Covitz paces Purple Knights in 3-0 win over SUNY Plattsburgh

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team notched its second win in as many nights, topping the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-23), on Wednesday at Ross Sports Center. With the win, the Purple Knights improve to 9-5 overall, while the Cardinals drop to 7-10.

Junior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) led Saint Michael's with 16 kills and three service aces, while senior Katie Walsh (North Kingstown, R.I./The Prout School) recorded nine kills and a team-leading 18 digs. Junior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) tallied 36 assists and four digs, while senior Courtney Dunne (Hopkinton, Mass./Bancroft School) registered 13 digs in two sets.

Sophomore Maggie Schrantz (Buffalo, N.Y./Lancaster) tallied seven kills and 15 digs for SUNY Plattsburgh, while senior Abby Mell (Summit, N.J./Summit) added nine kills. Seniors Rosi Cummings (Plattsburgh, N.Y./Beekmantown) and Theresa Lilly (East Northport, N.Y./Commack) recorded 15 and 13 digs, respectively, while first-year Laura Diehl (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport) added three blocks. Senior Kayla Nason (Cadyville, N.Y./Saranac) led the Cardinals with 24 assists.

The sides remained close during the early portion of the first set, as the match was deadlocked six times in the opening 26 points leading up to a 13-13 tie. From there, the Purple Knights went on a 6-1 run, during which Covitz tallied two aces and a kill. Saint Michael's never let its lead slip to below three, taking four of the final five points to win the set. Covitz recorded eight of her 16 kills on just nine attacks in the set. The second set saw 11 ties, and the play remained back-and-forth until Saint Michael's grabbed the final five points to win the set.

Like the first two frames, the third set was close during the early stages, with the teams splitting the first 20 points. The Purple Knights took four of the next five points to grab a 14-11 advantage before SUNY Plattsburgh won the next six points to go ahead 17-14. Saint Michael's answered with a 4-0 run to again pull in front, 18-17, and a 3-0 Cardinal run was answered by three straight points from the hosts. After SUNY Plattsburgh grabbed a 22-21 edge, junior Cynthia Edgerton (Vail, Colo./Vail Mountain School) dropped an ace to put the Purple Knights in front by a 23-22 margin, and Covitz notched kills on two of the match's final three points, including after the visitors crept to within 24-23.

The Purple Knights are back in action on Tuesday when they hit the road to face the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in a Northeast-10 Conference match scheduled for 7 p.m.